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The crisis has just unveiled the core of a long process of awakening and re-exploration of old ideas and values, Charles Eisenstein explains in this interview. His answer is the magic of the gift and a new story for a new world
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I’ve been hearing about this documentary for a while now but I’ve only had the chance to watch it recently. According to the blurb in Renegade Economist’s You Tube Channel, Four Horsemen “…is an award winning independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works.” Talking heads include Noam Chomsky, Herman Daly, Joseph Stiglitz, John Perkins, Gillian Tett and others.
Commons Based Peer Production (CBPP) means collaborative production and sharing of resources among peers under commons settings. From the initial cases, such as Wikipedia and FLOSS, recently there has been an expansion to other areas of activity, such as citizen science, product design, management of common spaces and open data sources.
OVER the next decade, approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet. The biggest increases will be in societies that, according to the human rights group Freedom House, are severely censored: places where clicking on an objectionable article can get your entire extended family thrown in prison, or worse.
Take a tour through the Evolution of Social Collaboration as we make stops in every decade from the 1950s to present day.
All the latest news from the Press Service of the European Parliament: votes, resolutions, debates, parliamentary committees and the plenary.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 13, 2014 — GE (NYSE:GE) today announced a partnership with Local Motors, the open-source hardware innovator, to launch a new model for the manufacturing industry. The partnership will pair co-creation and micromanufacturing to build and commercialize the next evolution of various GE products. Focused on speeding the time from mind to market, the partnership will leverage advanced manufacturing processes and an open innovation approach to engineering—delivering benefits for consumers and enterprise alike.
The question on how to adjust tax policy to meet the needs of a digitized economy has been generating a lot of attention lately thanks to a global tax reform action plan published by the OECD.
When I started my life of activism I worked on political issues, ones that make the blood boil, and experienced the government and corporations trying to poison the largest aquifer in the US with radioactive waste. We fought extremely important fights and we won some battles temporarily but often ended up losing them again later when we weren’t looking or lacked organisation. Then, working in state legislature and on local politics, I soon realised that if you win it’s often a fluke — if you challenge business interests the money game is almost always stacked in their favour. This leads to a growing sense of disempowerment with our political system, which is at once undeniably realistic and at the same time a self-fulfilling prophecy.
March 12 was not the day most people would have designated as the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web because 25 years ago they hadn't heard of it. In fact, it didn't actually exist. In 1989, it was simply the day when a CERN software engineer, Tim Berners-Lee (now Sir Tim), "filed the proposal for what was to become the World Wide Web". As he notes on the official webat25.org birthday website, "My boss dubbed it ‘vague but exciting’."
But the MIT group says there are still clear benefits, even if you simulate a lot of people declining to share cab rides.
FORTUNE -- With 40 employees and $15.6 million in venture backing, modular electronics startup littleBits is on a mission to democratize hardware and engineering for kids and adults alike. At the South by Southwest Interactive festival, Fortune caught up with founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir to discuss the the open hardware movement, the perils of retail, and why white circuit boards help get girls interested in engineering.
I especially like Cushman's outline of the ten principles which distinguish the organization and operation of an open business from the more traditional closed model.
“The OpenLabTools initiative aims to provide a forum and knowledge centre for the development of low cost and open access scientific tools, with an emphasis on undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. The programme will officially start in October 2013. In order to bootstrap this initiative, a number of MENG projects (4-5 per year) will be offered to establish the core components required for such tools; these include data acquisition, sensing, actuating, processing and 3D manufacturing. Protocols, designs and tutorials will be published on this website. These components will be subsequently combined to establish a documented collection of instruments, to be developed and maintained by a community of undergraduate and graduate students of the University.
Back in January, we reported on a truly stupid idea: making DRM an official aspect of HTML5. Things then went quiet, until a couple of weeks ago a post on a W3C mailing announced that the work was "in scope". An excellent post on the EFF's blog explains:
Thank you for agreeing to take part in this survey. It aims to investigate the key framework conditions to enable the Sharing Economy to progress into a long lasting and sustainable economy. The survey will analyze the enabling factors and constraints for a Sharing Economy with respect to business models, technologies, culture & values, consumer behavior and economic aspects. It will also identify what kind of partnerships and which legal and political conditions enable and constrain business models from a Sharing Economy to grow while strengthening their sustainability impacts.
The abuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's notice-and-takedown process to silence lawful speech is well-documented and all too common. Far less common, though, is a service provider that is willing to team up with its users to challenge that abuse in court.
Within 24 hours of launch, nearly a half a million people had viewed roughly 1 million maps per hour and crashed DigitalGlobe site
Since Overstock.com started to accept Bitcoin as a purchase currency, the company has received a good press for its efforts to support the nascent cryptocurrency. Working with Coinbase to process Bitcoin, Overstock.com announced that it crossed the million-dollar sale mark in the currency earlier this month.
I am starting work on a massive open online course for use in the refugee population and need to find an idealistic web developer that would like to help with development of a website for the project. I am working on generating content for the site. If you join you will be serving a high need population and will have the opportunity to cooperate with nonprofit work to establish a base of experience in that sector.
Insurers have always been at the forefront of responding to user needs. Direct marketing and online portals make it easier for consumers to understand and purchase insurance. Usage-based insurance (UBI) allows safe drivers, particularly those who drive less, to reduce their premiums. Even insurance company-sponsored coffee houses offer a unique way to gain financial service knowledge and one-on-one access to experts.
Redmond joins Facebook's Open Compute, intends to make servers more efficient.
When we started AOL in 1985, to learn about “the Internet” you needed to read science fiction or the predictions of futurists. I remember reading Alvin Toffler’s The Third Wave — describing the evolution from the agriculture age to the industrial revolution and predicting the emergence of a third “electronic” revolution — like it was yesterday. At the time we launched, only 3% of U.S. households were online, and those early adopters averaged just one hour of weekly use.
This post began on a journey with my colleague Ben through Europe and the US in late 2013, talking with other people in the civic-tech and open source world. Our conversations were focused on citizenship, direct democracy, diversity and open technology. In about week three I wrote the following in my journal:
GE (NYSE:GE) today announced a partnership with Local Motors, the open-source hardware innovator, to launch a new model for the manufacturing industry.